National Honor Society
Moderator: Ms. Joann Conwell
This organization recognizes student accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service — the four pillars of the National Honor Society. Juniors and Seniors must meet the following requirements for academic and disciplinary eligibility in order to be considered candidates for membership.
Academic Eligibility: Seniors (Class of 2020) are academically eligible when their cumulative weighted QPA is 3.75 or above. Juniors (Class of 2021) are academically eligible when their cumulative weighted QPA is 3.875 or above. This difference is due to a change in our grading scale, which became effective with the 2018-2019 school year.
Disciplinary Eligibility: Students who have earned disciplinary points from violations that contradict the four pillars of the National Honor Society, namely scholarship, character, leadership, or service, may be ineligible for selection even if they qualify academically. This includes but is not limited to any violation of the school’s honor code. All disciplinary infractions of prospective candidates are communicated by the Administration to the Faculty Selection Committee. Students with questions about their disciplinary eligibility should direct them to the NHS Moderator.
In addition, students must exhibit leadership skills and service to the community - a willingness to use their talents for the improvement of society.
Upon becoming a member, students are required to maintain the standard in all four areas that established their membership. NHS members participate in the annual blood drive and student tutoring. Through the NHS, the school gives recognition and appreciation to the students and their achievements.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SELECTION PROCEDURES:
Selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society. Instead, they provide information to be used by the Faculty Selection Committee to support their candidacy for membership.
The selection process occurs twice a year in the Fall and Spring. A Selection Committee consisting of five faculty members and the NHS Moderator evaluates the information provided by the students and makes the selections for that semester. According to the constitution, only those Junior and Senior students who have completed one full semester at Seton-La Salle may be considered for membership. Transfer students who were members of the National Honor Society in a previous school are automatically granted membership if they provide official proof of their selection.
Scholarship: Is based on a student’s cumulative QPA of a 3.75 or higher and the recommendation of a current teacher.
Character: The NHS uses a multi-faceted definition of character known as the 6 pillars of Character. A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. A candidate will be able to demonstrate an outstanding record of conduct and behavior with regard to school and community rules, guidelines and policies or be able to demonstrate sufficient growth and improvement to compensate for previous inadequacies.
Leadership: This criterion is considered highly important. Leadership exists in elected positions as well as in effective participation in positions of responsibility in other activities offered on campus such as athletic team captains, section leaders in band and chorus, and committee chairs in student groups. Leadership roles in both the school and community may be considered provided they can be verified.
Service: Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation. In considering service, the contributions a candidate has made to school, classmates, and community as well as the student’s attitude toward service are reviewed. All service references by candidates should include verification by an adult supervisor of the activity under consideration.
In 2019, our chapter of the National Honor Society hosted its annual blood drive in November and set a school record! 58 students, faculty and staff members registered to donate blood, and 49 units were donated, which will save the lives of up to 147 local patients!